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Pro-Death: The Anti-Life Policies of Bush/McCain

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

A great irony in the debate about the sanctity of life is that liberal Democrats are the greatest defenders of life, even though Republicans have incorrectly assumed the mantle of "pro-life."

The Anti-Muslim Smear Machine Strikes Again?

Isabel Macdonald | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Isabel Macdonald

Just a month before a critical election, there are no signs that the anti-Muslim mud-slinging campaign is going away.

Sarah Palin Answers the Dinosaur Question

Matthew Filipowicz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Matthew Filipowicz

The truth behind this is that we're all jealous of Sarah Palin. She reminds us of the naive innocence of childhood. Before we were burdened with horrible things like science and facts.

How Fundamentalists Became Evangelicals

George Mitrovich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
George Mitrovich

One of the candidates for president has publicly acknowledged Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior -- and it's not John McCain.

The Sound of Silence

Earl Pomerantz | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Earl Pomerantz

The mood in the sanctuary began to sour. By the tenth "Pffffffffff," our congregation, so recently a bastion of uplift and redemption, deteriorated into a hostile, hungry mob.

A Pastoral Strategy for an Economic Crisis

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jim Wallis

What is a Christian response to a deepening economic crisis like this? What should people of faith be thinking, saying, and doing?

A Question of Faith

Dan Pasternack | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dan Pasternack

Bill Maher's new film "Religulous" is important -- not because I agree with Mr. Maher's opinions, but because I find his fundamental mission to call into question the certitude of all organized religions monumentally necessary. I'd even say it was God's work.

Nepal Anoints 3-Year-Old Living Goddess

AP | YUVRAJ ACHARYA | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

KATMANDU, Nepal — Hindu and Buddhist priests chanted sacred hymns and cascaded flowers and grains of rice over a 3-year-old girl who was appoint...

A Plague Upon the White House

Robert Scheer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Scheer

McCain evidences the underlying motivator attributed to Bush in Oliver Stone's movie: the distorted priorities of a son of privilege doing battle with the legacy of more gifted and responsible family ancestors.

My Response to the Dayton Daily News

Chris Rodda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Chris Rodda

An October 3 article from the Dayton Daily News continues the paper's attempts to minimize the attack that occurred on September 26 at the Islamic Center of Greater Dayton.

A Religious View of the Fiscal Crisis

Rabbi David Wolpe | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Rabbi David Wolpe

The same people who bewail the stock market now pledge their troth to T-bills. The deeper question is whether we understand that nothing we do is guaranteed in this life.

Religulous - Bill Maher's Holy Terror

Josh Brusin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Josh Brusin

What happens when a Jew and a Catholic go to see Religulous? They spend about $20 bucks. Whether it was well spent is the better question. I figured t...

John McCain May Not Believe in God

Evan Derkacz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Evan Derkacz

Over at Religion Dispatches, scholar Kathryn Lofton has, after lengthy research, vigorous examination and a month of analysis, concluded that in all l...

Hindu Fundamentals are Under Attack

Shashi Tharoor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Shashi Tharoor

As a believing Hindu, I am ashamed of what is being done by people claiming to be acting in the name of my faith.

Witch Hunts In Angola: Orphanage Cares For Accused Children (VIDEO)

AFP/Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style

In light of recent footage of Sarah Palin praying with her 'witch hunter' pastor Thomas Muthee, here's a look at an Angolan orphanage that provides r...

It's Our Choice: Standing up to Extremisms of All Shades

Sumbul Ali-Karamali | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sumbul Ali-Karamali

Would we distribute a KKK dvd on racist philosophy? No, because it would be tantamount to hate speech. Distributing the Obsession DVD is the same thing; it's distributing hate speech.

Religious Right Trolls "Horror Stories" to Oppose Gay Troops

Nathaniel Frank | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nathaniel Frank

I set out to learn if reason or prejudice was behind the gay ban in the military.

The Religious Left is As Big As The Religious Right

Steven Waldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steven Waldman

In 2004, it occurred to us at Beliefnet that most of the media viewed the religious-political landscape as having two groups: The Religious Right and ...

Witchcraft and the White House

Deepak Chopra | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deepak Chopra

I'd like to see the moderator for the next debate ask Sarah Palin if she gained the governorship of Alaska by exorcising witches at the behest of an African minister who prayed over her.

Indian Temple Stampede Leaves At Least 168 Dead

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

JODHPUR, India — Thousands of pilgrims panicked by false rumors of a bomb stampeded at a Hindu temple in western India on Tuesday, killing at le...

Religious Belief Can Help Relieve Pain, Researchers Say

Guardian | Ian Sample | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Scientists have uncovered an ancient and elaborate source of pain relief that is based purely on the power of the mind, according to research publishe...

Rabbi Calls Out From the Shtetl: "Raise Medicaid Reimbursement Rates"

Harold Pollack | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Harold Pollack

Even for secularist me, Rosh Hashana packs surprising power. I use the season to resolve old debts and squabbles and note my recent accomplishments and failings.

'Pulpit Freedom Sunday': A Crusade to Turn Churches into Cogs in the Right-Wing's Political Machine

Rev. Barry Lynn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Rev. Barry Lynn

This Sunday, as many as three dozen pastors may knowingly violate federal tax law by endorsing U.S. Sen. John McCain from the pulpit.

Chicago "Hope Not Hate" Leadership Retreats -- Saturday, October 4, 2008

Naazish YarKhan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Naazish YarKhan

This fall, join AID's internationally known "Hope Not Hate" Initiative, which seeks to build more collaborative US-Muslim relations. Fostering better ...

Rosh Hashanah For Dummies

Alan Zweibel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Alan Zweibel

That's the beauty of Judaism. You get three New Year's Eves, eight days of Hanukah, plus a Christmas vacation even though it's not our holiday.